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Neutering Cats: Fact and Fiction

I am a writer with a great interest in German Shepherds, cats, and animals in general. I hope you enjoy my articles.


A shocking estimate by the ASPCA states that there are over 70 million stray cats in America. It is no wonder that many animal awareness advocates are pleading with owners to consider neutering their cat. Many agencies and advocates have spent an untold amount of money on magazine articles, television commercials, and radio ads in their attempts to bring awareness to the public. Neutering a cat has, due to these endeavors, become much more commonplace. Unfortunately, though, a lot still needs to be done.

Neutering a Cat: A Small Procedure?

The process of neutering a cat is a rather simple procedure where the testicles are removed in order to curb reproduction. Recovery times are quick and there is very little discomfort. Serious harm resulting from neutering is extremely rare. In comparison to other common surgeries, neutering a cat has very little risk and the animal is fully anesthetized during the procedure.

Once home, it is best to make your cat as comfortable as possible during its recovery. Pain medication is normally provided and it is beneficial to deliver it on the recommended schedule. Also, keeping your cat in a quiet place and not allowing it to lick its incisions will help shorten the healing process.

When your cat needs to use the litter box, make sure that his incisions remain clean afterward. Litter that gets stuck on the post-surgical area has a chance of causing inflammation or infection. This is easily avoided by a simple check of the incisions after each time he is around litter.

Clearing up Some Misunderstandings

There are many common reservations associated with neutering a cat. These issues are presumed to be part of the reason many owners have when considering the procedure. Some of them are:

Should purebred cats be neutered?

Truth: One in four pets dwelling in animal shelters around the country are purebred. To refrain from neutering a cat due to its pedigree has no bearing on the animal’s value if you are not a breeder.

Will my cat still be playful when neutered?

Truth: Your cat’s playfulness is dependent upon multiple variables. Neutering isn’t one of them.

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Will my cat still get fat if it is neutered?

Truth: Sometimes a cat’s metabolism changes slightly, but weight gain is primarily based on access to food. Proper feeding schedules and exercise are what keeps your cat fit, and even a non-neutered cat will become obese if it’s overfed.

Neutering costs too much money.

Truth: This concern is the most common of all, yet it lacks merit upon closer scrutiny. The national cost to neuter your cat averages from 50-100 dollars. Also, every major city has available low-cost clinics that are easily found. The ASPCA website has an indispensable spay/neuter database that scours your area to find low-cost veterinarians who will assist those in need of neutering a cat.

Otherwise, many veterinarians can also provide payment and credit options for individuals without the ability to pay upfront. Such options prove that neutering a cat is not cost-prohibitive, squashing any concern to the contrary.

If you are considering neutering a cat, your actions could save an untold amount of future cats from hardship and euthanization. The overwhelming amount of sheltered and homeless cats is a sad representation of the haphazard nature of many owners.

The actions of a responsible pet owner that neuters their cat will go a long way toward benefiting the cat population and keeping these beautiful animals off the streets and in safe and loving homes.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

© 2021 Sam Shepards

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